One of my proudest moments: an award for Excellence in Teaching from RISD-CE.
I love to teach. I got a degree in elementary education from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, and taught fourth and fifth grades in Smyrna, Delaware for a year before I went to Rhode Island School of Design for a degree in illustration.

While I worked as a freelance illustrator, I did many school residencies in Rhode Island through the Rhode Island Council for the Arts.

 RISD-CE Summer Studies students, Children's Book Illustration
I continued to freelance when I began teaching Children's Book Illustration for continuing education at Rhode Island School of Design. I've been teaching a summer class there for 18 years.

For information about taking the summer class, which is for college credit, go to:
 RISD-CE Summer studies

RISD-CE Children's Book certificate graduates, 2012

More recently, I've worked as the adviser for the Children's Book Illustration certificate program at RISD-CE. I also teach CBI 2 and The Book Dummy. The students are adults, highly motivated, and a joy to work with.

Here is a link to the blog that students, both current and graduates, contribute to:
Drawing Together

For more information about the certificate program at RISD, check out:
Info about RISD-CE's certificate program in Children's Book Illustration

I also give presentations at schools, libraries and conferences.

Here is a link to my post on the Mock Caldecott event for RI librarians.
RI Mock Caldecott presentation

For information about having me present at your school, library or conference, check out:


  1. Wow! Very impressive. I would love to do a Children's Book illustration course but there is nothing much available near where i live. Do you teach online?

  2. I'm sorry to say that I don't teach online. I do teach a 6 week summer class for credit at RISD in children's book illustration if you ever have a summer off. (we can dream, can't we?)

    The woman who teaches writing in our continuing ed. program is from Australia, Marlo Garnsworthy.Someday, I hope I get over to your neck of the woods.(I can dream, too).